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Romney is an Anglo-Norman name, not Anglo-Saxon. The Romneys came to England after the Norman Conquest, which ended the Anglo-Saxon era. Mitt Romney's basic family tree involves three other families, the Pratts, the Wilckens, and the Lefounts. The Pratts are Anglo-Saxon, the Wilckens are German, and the Lefounts are French. Only a portion of Romney's family tree is Anglo-Saxon - ie mostly the Pratt family line. It sounds like an interesting family history.

Obama's father is Kenyan. That's half of his family tree.

His mother's name was Dunham, which is ancient Anglo-Saxon. You can trace her line of male heritage (ie the Dunham name) back to Plymouth, Mass, and then Deacon John Dunham Sr in Nottingham, England.


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  •  umm.... I am also a Dunham, and there's a problem (3+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, Wee Mama, Oh Mary Oh

    MY Dunhams and HIS mother's Dunham line are not the same. We've been doing a lot of work since we added our generation 20 years ago, 8-), and the Dunham thing is a MESS!

    There WERE Dunhams at Plymouth Colony (Deacon John, arrived ca. 1620), but there was also a fellow currently known to Dunham Family genealogy workers as "Jonathan Dunham (alias Singletary)".

    This Singletary fella may have adopted his mother's maiden name of Dunham ca. 1665, but otherwise appears not to be connected to the Deacon John Dunham family that DOES go back to England.

    But even "alias Singletary" was probably 100% English, nobody else of any sort was at Plymouth.

    AND ANYWAY! there were probably links made between the two sets of Dunhams, especially by women marrying back and forth -- women who we don't know their first names or surnames!!!

    see, I said it was a mess, 8-)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 01:14:13 AM PDT

  •  Claiming to be Anglo-Saxon is probably (2+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, Oh Mary Oh

    not going to endear him to the Celts.

    Anyway, Mitt is a Scandinavian word.  Perhaps some Viking DNA accounts for his thieving ways.

    A Pandora's Box of speculation -- trying to define a robot.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

    by hannah on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 04:35:37 AM PDT

  •  Yabbut (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh Mary Oh

    He doesn't care about his Anglo-Saxon heritage...

    -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

    by trevzb on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 07:19:39 AM PDT

  •  I was thinking along these lines, too (0+ / 0-)

    I am a 58 year old white woman living in the Midwest. President Obama has more Anglo-Saxon heritage than I do.
    About 3 quarters of my heritage is originally German (back a few generations). One-eighth is probably English and another eighth Scottish.

    Actually, everybody's heritage is a bit complex so the closer you look the more complex it gets. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (professor of A-A studies and producer of wonderful documentaries) is part Irish...

    And we're all African originally, even Mitt.

    I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

    by sillia on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 08:17:35 AM PDT

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